[OSM-talk] Tagging Governance

Christoph Hormann osm at imagico.de
Wed Sep 11 17:47:53 UTC 2019

On Wednesday 11 September 2019, Mateusz Konieczny wrote:
> Nearly 100% of my activity on wiki
> is attempting to do this (documenting
> tags and removal of what is in contrary to
> reality).

Yes, and you are not the only one who tries that.  But the bottom line 
is that this would only work in turning the wiki into an accurate 
documentation of the de facto meaning of tags if the number of edits 
and the time spent on these by those willing and able to diligently 
pursue this path outnumbered edits of those who pursue other goals by a 
fair margin.  This is not achievable i think.

And even if that worked it would still not produce the compact, well 
condensed kind of documentation Richard has in mind of course.

> wiki has version management and
> talk pages.
> editorial review equivalent is done via watchlists

No, with editorial review i mean advance review before edits make it to 
the version that is primarily used by consumers.

The function of such review would be twofold:  As quality control and to 
shift the incentive to participate in the whole thing towards the more 
qualified contributors.

Wikipedia has been experimenting with a system of this kind imposed on 
top of the Mediawiki framework - but practically this is AFAIK used for 
technocratic oversight to avoid vandalism and other clearly malicious 
changes but not for editorial review regarding content quality:


I have not actually tried the technical implementation of this but given 
how it is used i doubt it would be suitable for the kind of content 
centered editorial review we are talking about here.

Christoph Hormann

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